A project I have been working on recently is making paper mache vessels. I have quite a collection of handmade papers, magazine cuttings, old books and various vintage and new scraps. I love using these in my paintings and collages and wanted to transfer this way of working to 3D pieces.
I knew I wanted to build up the paper in layers rather than make a pulp and I experimented with a few ways of doing this. First I covered my molds with petroleum jelly and then layered on the paper. This technique left quite a greasy residue on the paper so then I tried covering the molds with cling film and adding the paper. I felt this was much more successful and created a cleaner finish.
I worked with a variety of molds including different sized bowls and plates. I also plan to make some vase shapes and perhaps boxes. The inner layers of the vessels are newspaper and the outer layers paper from my collection.
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